41st annual Southern Rowan Christmas Parade steps off Tuesday

Published 11:12 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2019

CHINA GROVE – The 41st annual Southern Rowan Christmas Parade will take place Tuesday along Main Street in Landis and China Grove.

The parade will kick off at 3 p.m. in Landis and restart in China Grove at 4 p.m.

“This will be a fun way to kick off the holiday season, with the community coming together,” said Patti Price, events coordinator for the town of China Grove. “We’ve got a number of new entries this year. There will be four bands this year all from Carson High School, South Rowan High School, North Rowan High, and Independence High School.”

Price said Gary Ritchie, owner of Gary’s Barbecue in China Grove, will be the grand marshal for the parade.

“He’s done so much for our community, and we’re so proud and excited to have him as our grand marshal,” Price said.

Price said she’s looking forward to seeing “all of the smiling faces of kids” at the parade.

“Some of the floats are professional floats, some are pickup trucks, some are homemade. We will also have veterans participating in the parade,” she said. “There will be over 100 floats on display this year.”

Main Street in Landis and China Grove will shut down from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday because of the parade. Town officials urge local residents to plan accordingly.

The lineup of the parade is as follows:

• China Grove Police Department

• Landis Police Department

• Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten

• Landis Fire Department

• China Grove Fire Department

• South Rowan High School Varsity and Junior Varsity volleyball

• South Rowan High School JROTC Raider Battalion

• Grand marshal Gary Ritchie

• Bostian Heights Fire Department

• Faith Fire Department

• Atwell Township Volunteer Fire Department

• Locke Township Fire Department

• Enochville Fire & Rescue

• Baltimore City Fire Ladder 49

• Kannapolis Fire Department

• Rowan County Fire Marshal’s Office

• China Grove Town Council

• Rowan County Board of Commissioners

• Landis mayor and aldermen-elect

• State Sen. Carl Ford

• Carson High School Orange & Blue Crew

• Carson High School Homecoming Queen Taylor Conrad and King Trent Edwards

• Carson High School Marching Cougars

• Carson High School cheerleaders

• Carson High School HOSA Club

• Carson High School FFA

• Carson High School Miss Holiday

• Price Pharmacy

• Elevation Cheer Co.

• Little Explorers Academy

• Novant Health

• Inspired Boutique

• Flash Black N’Tune Truck

• Rowan Youth Football League South Rowan Cheer

• Rowan Youth Football League South Rowan Raiders

• KW Auto Repair & Performance

• Jodie Lafollette, N.C. Runway Model of the Year Modern Miss

• Troop 1316

• Westside Head Start

• The Forum of Salisbury

• Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home

• Hitachi Metals

• China Grove First UMC Pack 375

• Lady’s Funeral Home & Crematory

• North Rowan High School Band

• Cartworks Inc. Golf Cart Sales and Service

• City of Kannapolis Parks and Recreation

• China Grove Elementary School

• “Building a Stronger Community” Main Street Market and Meeting Place

• Embellish Boutique and Brooke & Brooke Attorneys

• Dimensions Dance Arts

• Amvets Post 565 Queen Makayla Gray

• American Legion Post 185 Commander Wild Bill Corriher and Rowan-Salisbury Schools Superintendent Lynn Moody

• American Legion Post 185 Queen Madalyn Hartness

• Rowan Public Library

• Highest Praise Family Worship Center

• Little Mr. Farmers Day 2019 Jackson Harwell

• Triple Threat Dance Studio

• Rowan County second-fourth grade Youth Football League

• 2019-20 Miss Majestic Onslow County Alexis Hillary Johnson

• N.C. Transportation Museum trolley

• N.C. Transportation Museum depot hack

• Cornerstone Child Development

• Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard

• HP Kidz – Highest Praise

• Boogerwoods Haunted Attraction for the Cure of Cystic Fibrosis

• Little Miss Farmers Day 2019 Makayla Freeman

• Goodman’s Barnyard Christmas

• Lake Corriher Wilderness Park and Landis Parks and Recreation

• Center Stage Dance Company

• N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

• Bojangles’

• Pack 328

• Gary’s Barbecue and F&M Bank

• Kannapolis Universal Smiles

• Southern Style Cloggers

• Rowan County Weather

• State Employees’ Credit Union

• “Unwrapping Our Unique Gifts,” China Grove Middle School

• Cornerstone Church of Salisbury

• South Rowan High School homecoming queen 2019

• South Rowan High School Future Farmers of America

• South Rowan High School Raider Regiment Band

• South Rowan High School cheerleaders

• South Rowan High School Miss Merry Christmas

• Cornerstone Baptist Church

• Rowan County Republican Party

• Prosale Motors Inc.

• VFW Auxiliary Post 3006 Miss Poppy Queen Paisley Miller

• GNC Salisbury

• Trinity Pre-K and J.R. Ritchie Electric

• Sport Clips Hair Cuts of Salisbury

• Independence High School Marching Band

• Little Miss Farmers Day 2019 Hannah Franco

• Maze of Terror

• Happy Tails Alpacas

• Phil Austin Stables

• Southern Faith Riders

• Santa Claus